LPHR Magazine (March 2013) - Page 42

HIGH PERFORMANC DEPENDS ON BUNDLES OF ORGANIZATIONAL PRACTICS, NOT ANY INDIVIDUAL ONE. Practices are series of programs for leaders to apply daily that build and sustain relationships across their company. Think of practices like a toolkit. A builder knows when to go into the toolbox to reach for a hammer when he needs to secure the foundation of a house the same way that leaders reach into their toolkit to utilize a practice when they need to train, coach or develop their team. Organizations put practices in place to support its mission, its vision and its values. Practices are something leaders perform and train daily. They are repeated daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. When you perform something often, it’s a practice. In organizations, practices are a series of programs for leaders to apply daily that build and sustain relationships across the company. Each organizational practice is designed to reinforce the other, so that the total is greater than the parts. Can you have practices without principles? No. The practices support the principles, which build the relationships to solve the problems. FEATURE ARTICLE | Practices MARCH 2013 | LPRH.CO